Delhi's auto and taxi fares will increase; the Cabinet will soon give the go-ahead

In the near future, Delhi residents may have to pay extra for taxi and car journeys in the city. Recent approval of the suggestions made by the fare adjustment committee and submitted in May came from Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot.

The Delhi Cabinet will, however, make the final choice.

"I have given the department the go-ahead to place the cabinet note in order for the government to provide its permission after I accepted the car fare adjustment committee's suggestion. Departments of law and planning have made comments. We anticipate the finance department's response," Gahlot was reported as stating by Hindustan Times.

Following the Cabinet's agreement, the cost of 1.5 kilometers would increase from Rs 25 to Rs 30 and from Rs 9.50 to Rs 11 per kilometers.

Taxi metre down charges are anticipated to rise from Rs 25 for 2 kilometers to Rs 40. According to a report, the per-kilometer fee is anticipated to rise from Rs 14 to Rs 17 for non-AC taxis and from Rs 16 to Rs 20 for AC taxis.

Auto and taxi unions have been requesting an increase in tariff owing to increased operation expenses brought on by an increase in petrol prices. As they do not fall under the city's taxi and car program, cab aggregators like Uber and Ola are not required to adhere to government regulated tariffs, a transport department official said.

According to Kamaljit Gill, head of the Delhi-based Sarvodaya Drivers Association, the national capital's 10,000 kali-pilli cab drivers' income has been negatively impacted by increased Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) prices.

Rajendra Soni, general secretary of the Delhi Auto Rickshaw Sangh, urged the government to either provide auto drivers with a CNG subsidy or immediately raise the rate.

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